Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This week's blog is from guest bloggers Lisa Riedl and Anna Schaber from Garnish with Lemon. Lisa and Anna love to entertain and started their blog after years of friends hounding them for recipes and seeking advice about what to serve at parties. Their no-nonsense approach to entertaining has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Kitchn, and BuzzFeed. Lisa and Anna reside in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, home to Juicy Lucys, the Mall of America and lots and lots of lakes.

These make-ahead Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls are a festive addition to the holiday season.

 Our family is lucky to relax at home on Thanksgiving rather than shuffling from house to house like many do. Our friends and family always arrive in time for kick-off of the first football game. The day is spent munching on appetizers and cheering on our favorite teams while working up an appetite for the big turkey dinner.

This year we are kicking off the day’s festivities in style with these Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls.

Filled with our favorite Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese, cream cheese, dried cranberries and crunchy pecans, this show-stopping snack is always a hit. But don’t worry, the recipe only has a handful of ingredients and comes together in minutes so it’s easy to pull together.

This recipe for Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls is also freezer-friendly. I’m a huge fan of make-ahead recipes and these Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls are already in my freezer ready to go for the big day. How’s that for planning ahead?

Tip: If you happen to have any leftover cheese ball, you can simply reshape it and serve it again at a later date.

Have a little extra time? Use a cookie scoop to portion the cheese mixture and make these adorable mini cheese balls. Don’t want to fuss with it? Make one large cheese ball and let people dig in. However you serve them, this recipe for Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls is sure to be a hit.

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Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups shredded Kerrygold Aged Cheddar cheese

2/3 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped, divided

½ cup finely chopped pecans


Place the cream cheese and cheddar cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until mixture is smooth. Stir in 1/3 cup finely chopped dried cranberries.

Scoop mixture onto large piece of plastic wrap and form into ball. Chill until ready to serve.

Remove cheese ball from plastic wrap and roll in chopped pecans and remaining 1/3 cup of chopped dried cranberries.

Serve with crackers.